Saturday, July 03, 2010

{Echo} Week 17 - Market

 This time of the year brings images such as this!
I am jumping back in for the bi-weekly Echo prompt hosted by Susan Tuttle and Chrysti Hydek.  This time I reached out to fellow Texas blogging friend, Laura Harrison, of White Spray Paint, as I asked her to share a favorite market picture for the prompt.  She sent a gorgeous shot of a mound of yellow bell peppers on the right, and describes her photo as this (please click on collage to enlarge):
If given the choice between a market or store, I will pick market every single time.
This speaks pretty accurately not only of my preference, but also of my personality
I enjoy the simplicity of it all, including the people. I enjoy speaking Spanish to the vendors, as remedial as my Spanish may be.
In South Texas markets are an explosion of color, food, flowers, wares of all kinds, and music.  I took this photograph at La Pulga (translation:  the flea), a flea market in a small community near where I live.
On an early Saturday morning visit, you can find seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, Mexican candy, and freshly squeezed juices , and if you are interested in buying a goat, or cabrito, hay for your cattle, a cantera fountain, or a new rose bush, you can do that as well.
It is the simplest form of shopping pleasure for me.  I have on my baseball cap, no makeup, money and keys in my pocket, and a smile on my face. 

My picture is on the left, of freshly dug carrots sitting in a vendor's booth last May as we visited the Austin Farmer's Market.  It was a beautiful day as we went along with our daughter to meet one of her best friends, Laura =), who had just recently moved back to Texas, and now lives in Austin.  
We loved touching and smelling the beautiful produce and enjoyed talking with the vendors that sunny day.  What a sense of pride we felt from them, as they described the produce they had brought in to sell, displaying it in bountiful heaps on their tables.
What to join in?  Go here to see Susan's post and details on the Echo.
You can also peek in here to see all the pictures in the Flickr group.
You will likey =) more day before this little guy (who's coming to visit tomorrow)
picks a name for

 the drawing I am having here!


stregata said...

I love going to the market - seeing all the fresh veggies just makes me want to make something delicious!
Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Cindy said...

Look at that color! Reminds me of when we lived in Monterey, CA and went to the farmer's market regularly...everything was local and fresh! Have fun with your cutie patootie, Alton, tomorrow!!

Jenny said...

Ah! It's music to my ears to hear a fellow blogger mention "La Pulga". Must return to la pulga soon. Thank you.



Anne Lorys said...

Aaaah, I just saw this photo over at Laura's!
Beautiful veggie shots!

Have a safe and Happy Fourth!

Anonymous said...

I love going the market! Aahhh, fresh juices, yum!

happy 4th!!!